DO'S AND DON'TS FILM. PORTRAYS WAYS IN WHICH OFFICE ETIQUETTE CONTRIBUTES TO SUCCESS IN OFFICE RELATIONSHIPS. THE TYPICAL SITUATIONS INCLUDE APPLYING FOR A JOB, REPORTING FOR WORK THE 1ST DAY, PERFORMING ROUTINE SECRETARIAL DUTIES, & TELEPHONE COURTESY.
Office Etiquette is one of the many films that follows a young woman who is seeking a secretarial job. It makes the off-center but accurate point that success in the office is gauged by behavior and interpersonal relationships as well as competence. The do's and don'ts sequence is delightful in its excesses.
Ken Smith sez: A young woman enters the job market and learns from others how to behave in an office. The "do's and don'ts" sequence is one of the more memorable in the Secretarial Film genre.
OFFICES SECRETARIES JOBS CAREERS WHITE-COLLAR WORKERS WOMEN
Subject: Youngins Are Probably Wondering What is it Those People are Pulling off Those Typed Sheets.
One thing though: Didn't she address the boss as "Mr ArnIE" on that interview and then call him "Mr Arnold" subsequently in front of those other dames? Or was there a blip in the sound track? Maybe Mr A was her uncle or neighbor. One wonders.
But the moral of the story: "tighten up" and suck anus continuously, and, at least look and act like you're minding your own business at all times...and don't forget to enthusiastically join the bowling league (even if you hate bowling)....And before long you'll be lavishly rewarded.
Subject: Not bad
But of course, the real reason we watch these films is to see the clothes and typewriters and old telephones. Admit it. That's why most of us watch them!
Subject: Secretarial Self Improvement
Subject: Don't Let This Happen to You
Subject: A timely lesson for us all.
But not everything is all carbon paper and rubber stamps: The ending has shades of "All About Eve" as a new Miss Somebody, who was also a protege of Miss Dreary, has been hired on. What will happen? The suspense is killing me!
All sarcasm aside, there are some good messages in this film that should be taught today. Things like don't annoy your co-workers by yakking on the phone or sticking your nose in other people's business. And Miss Somebody isn't the sanctimonious "Let's give the company a little bit of our time" simp that sometimes shows up in films like this.
All in all, not a bad little adventure into the land of the office.
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When a woman named Joan Spencer applies into the typing pool by filling out a very politically incorrect application form (these days) that includes how many children she has, the boss realizes she was part of Miss Purcell's typing class in High School. The boss likes that (this is repeated frequently for some odd reason) and is hired on the spot. After that is a collection of what you should and shouldn't do on the job (what's so funny is that I've totally broken every one of the "shouldn't" things. Next thing you know, Joan becomes her boss's secretary, and then after that, head of Personell! This all looks like the promotion just took place in two days, which may confuse the 50's girl lol. This is a MUST SEE on this site!
Subject: Some things never change